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Records are tumbling in Isle of Man's Michael Dunlop show

Michael Dunlop was again in record-breaking form on the Isle of Man last night as he unofficially broke the Post Classic Senior lap record for the second night in succession.

On his first lap he went through the Sulby speed trap at 150mph on his replica 1981 XR69 Trident Engineering Suzuki on his way to an average lap speed of 116.544mph — 15 seconds quicker than his Wednesday evening time, as he got to grips with his new mount, at a speed of 117.927mph.

In fact this time saw him fifth fastest rider on the circuit last night amongst a host of modern machines, a mere 11 seconds off the evening’s fastest time.

In perfect conditions, Michael Sweeny from Skerries on his R6 Yamaha set the fastest time of the week at 119.051mph to top both the Junior and Senior classes two and a half seconds quicker than previous fastest man Simon Fulton who also upped his previous best to 118.800mph.

Sweeney has catapulted himself into contention for next week’s races and of his fastest lap, he said: “We changed the gearing on the bike and it was pulling much better. I’m happy with that time.”

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